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Yinka Shonibare card for Annual Gala, MoMA, NYC, 2010

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Year published: 2010

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Lavish print in the form of an oversize folded card, for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Annual Gala at The Modern at MoMA. The event was scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 16, 6:00 pm - 10:00 p, at  MOMA, 9 West 53 Street, New York, NYC. This was to be an exclusive, Ticketed Event, and the front of the card featured a still from Shonibare’s ‘Odile and Odette’ film of 2008. Publicity for the event stated that “Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare will create an original print for each guest.” This item was the print each guest received.

“This benefit event will honor Lin Arinson with the inaugural Arnie Zane Award. Lin is the founder of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. The Foundations core programs are Young Arts and New World Symphony. The food will be provided by Danny Meyer. Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare will create an original print for each guest. There will be a performance from Leah Cox and Larry Goldhuber. The host committee includes: Corice Arman, Claire Danes, High Dancy, Spike Lee, and Cindy Sherman. Individual tickets to the event begin at $1250, or for tables $10000-15000.” (guestofaguest.com/new-york/calendar/2010/may/bill-t-jonesarnie-zane-dance-companys-annual-gala-at-the-modern-at-moma, accessed 15 January 2013).

‘Odile and Odette’ was an exhibition held at ACA Gallery of SCAD, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St, N.E Atlanta, GA 30309, 10 January - 2 March, 2008. The exhibition brought “together a new film (made in collaboration with London’s Royal Opera House), related photographic stills, a large painting installation and a sculptural work.

Shonibare stages elaborately realized tableaux that reinterpret 18th- and 19th-century art and history. Although his work is diverse, employing photography, painting and film, it is his grand sculptural installations - populated by costumed figures - that have garnered the most acclaim for their deft blending of stagecraft, costume and gesture. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to art making which includes theatre and design, Shonibare functions as something of a writer, director and choreographer of his productions. He is as attentive to the craft and style of these pieces as a traditional couturier… As his artistic practice evolves into new media (Odile and Odette (2005) is his second film), Shonibare continues to find new and provocative ways of redressing power. His work abstracts current issues as source material. Shonibare’s painting installation Black Gold I references the explosive role of oil in the current war and political crises in the Middle East. The similarly inspired Flower Cloud II (2006) sculpture illustrates a graceful ballerina’s dance upon a blossoming nuclear mushroom cloud. His Odile and Odette addresses the current state of sociopolitical health of contemporary society via the 19th-century ballet Swan Lake. In Shonibare’s version, notions of good and bad are set against two dancers’ reflections in a Baroque mirror. Portraying the characters Odile and Odette, the dancers’ duality (which is read visually in Shonibare’s film as one dancer) is delicately played out in racial difference.”

From the introduction to the exhibition’s catalogue, by Laurie Ann Farrell, Executive Director of Exhibitions, ACA Gallery of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The sparse text on the inside of the card appeared to be handwritten. No picture credit appeared on the card, though ‘YINKA SHONIBARE MBE’ appeaed at the bottom of the back of the card.

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Born, 1962 in London, England